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Small but Mighty: Southern pine beetle trapping underway

By on March 6, 2019

Although it is smaller than a grain of rice, the southern pine beetle is dubbed the ‘most destructive forest pest in the South’. Each year, the N.C. Forest Service tries to predict if there will be an outbreak of this

Let the trapping begin! Southern pine beetle trapping is underway in N.C.

By on March 14, 2018

With last year’s active southern pine beetle outbreaks across the southeastern U.S., it is increasingly important to forecast if the “most destructive pest in the South” will again rear it’s ugly head. One of the ways to predict this is

Tracking the emerald ash borer

By on May 11, 2016

The emerald ash borer put on a big show in 2015. Last year, the tree-killing beetle was found in 14 North Carolina counties, bringing the total infested counties in the state to 18. Previously, it was only known to occur in four

Southern pine beetle trapping indicates a low infestation year for NC

By on June 18, 2014

Southern pine beetle traps, which were set across the state this spring by N.C. Forest Service district staff and others, have given us some good news! According to the trapping results, there will likely be a low number of southern pine

Flying purple beetle eaters: Emerald ash borer traps hung across the state

By on June 4, 2014

You may have already seen them along roadsides: 3-feet-tall purple prisms, hanging in trees. No, there’s not a child crying somewhere about his lost kite. These are traps for the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree-killing insect detected in North

Annual southern pine beetle trapping season comes to a close

By on May 21, 2014

The southern pine beetle is a small insect capable of causing catastrophic damages in pine forests. In the past several years, “the most destructive pest in the South” has caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damages [Forest Heath Technology Enterprise